Astana Opera opens
the doors to the world

Opening night, October 21st 2013
Opening night, October 21st 2013
Opening night, October 21st 2013
Opening night, October 21st 2013
Opening night, October 21st 2013
Opening night, October 21st 2013
Opening night, October 21st 2013
Opening night, October 21st 2013
Opening night, October 21st 2013
Opening night, October 21st 2013

On the 21st of October 2013 in the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana, the grand opening of Eurasia’s largest theatre “ASTANA OPERA” will take place. Construction of the world’s third largest Opera House was realized by masters from Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic. The colossal building of the theatre, constructed with the most modern technologies, allows on its stage to implement performances of any degree of complexity. The scene includes two side “pocket” and arerscene. Under the stage the lowest level the hall with automatic control system is located. The orchestra pit is designed for 120 musicians. Stage equipment was provided by specialists from Germany, acoustics was performed by Italian masters. The theater auditorium contains 1250 seats. The main hall is ornamented with decorative fretwork, laid out with wood and brass panels, that provides the excellent acoustics. Such kind of technology is also applied in rehearsal halls, there are 26 of them and more than 60 makeup rooms. The foyer fascinates view with splendor of finishing made of marble of different colors, that intertwines in various geometric patterns, frieze on the balcony was designed with stylized Kazakh ornament. On the wall mural on one side the monument to Kazakh nature Charyn Canyon, and on the other Burabaj are depicted. No less spectacular the facade of the theater is: on the both sides from the main entrance the sculptures of musicians playing ancient Kazakh instruments – kobyz and zhetygen, are placed. The pediment is decorated with traditional Quadriga, operated by Saka Tsarina Tomiris.

ASTANA OPERA” performs the premiere of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera «Attila». Music Director and Conductor – Valery Gergiev (The Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg). Production – Pier Luigi Pizzi (Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Italy). Opera director will show Attila in the image of an outstanding general, and not a cruel barbarian, as he is traditionally presented. On the interpretation of the Italian master, Attila will be performed as a man with high intentions, feelings, saved the library from the fire, forgiving his enemies, who were building plots against him.

The title role in the opera is performed by Ildar Abdrazakov, by rights considered as one of the world’s best executant of the party «Attila».

Cultural worldwide event – Birth of the theatre “ASTANA OPERA” became possible thanks to the personal initiative of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev.